Health Cluster/Sector Coordinator

Health Cluster/Sector Coordinator

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Health Cluster/Sector Coordinator

Health Cluster/Sector Coordinator

Grade: P5
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract Duration: 2 years (Subject to availability of funds, satisfactory performance, and continuing need for the position.)
Job Posting: Mar 25, 2024, 12:52:58 PM
Closing Date: Apr 7, 2024, 12:59:00 AM
Primary Location: Lebanon-Beirut
Organization: EM_LEB WHO Representative’s Office, Lebanon
Schedule: Full-time

The objectives of WHO’s health emergency programme are to design and implement programmes that prepare the health cluster to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies. Within the framework of the United Nations Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and cluster approach, the WHO Health Emergencies programme ensures that WHO’s critical functions, as outlined in the Emergency Response Framework (ERF), are fulfilled. The Health Cluster Coordinator (P5) leads an effective and coordinated health-sector response with the national and international community, focusing on vulnerable and marginalized populations. The Health Cluster Coordinator oversees the health needs’ assessment and health-response, strategy development, implementation and monitoring including of the joint incident management system. The position contributes to relieving suffering and saving lives in humanitarian emergencies, while advancing the well-being and dignity of affected populations.


  • Lead an effective and coordinated, national, health-sector response with the national and international community, focusing on vulnerable and marginalized populations (under the supervision of the Head of the WHO country office and within the framework of the United Nations Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and cluster approach).
  • Provide guidance, participatory leadership, management, and coordination of the following:
    • Planning, monitoring, quality assurance, and reporting on health service delivery and the related components of the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO), Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) and contingency planning for potential new events;
    • The synergy of the above with national plans, their mainstreaming of cross-cutting issues, and compliance with WHO norms, standards, and protocols;
    • Technical assistance for joint support missions to field operations;
    • Guidance in national (health system) capacity building for emergency preparedness and response in accordance with the IASC Emergency Response Preparedness (ERP) Approach and other related guidance;
    • Data management, Information sharing, monitoring, and reporting through the Information Management strategy and functional mechanism;
    • Advocacy and resource mobilization efforts.
  • Lead the country office’s data management strategies and operations.
  • Coordinate and work closely with the country office’s health information management teams and focal points.



  • Essential: Advanced university degree (master’s level or above) in epidemiology, public health, medical or other studies in a field directly related to the position.
  • Desirable: Specialized training in emergency management and/or international aid, humanitarian, health system recovery, and health cluster coordination.


  • Essential: A minimum of ten years of work experience relevant to the position (in developing and promoting collaborative partnerships in emergency and humanitarian relief operations) a significant part of this to have been obtained at an international level. A minimum of three years’ in management and coordination of health programmes in chronic or acute, sudden-onset emergencies in national and international settings.


  • Mastery of rapid-response operations in public health, within emergency contexts.
  • In-depth knowledge of the theory, principles, methods, and techniques of the international emergency incident management system.
  • In-depth knowledge of emergency relief policies and practices within the United Nations, its specialized agencies, donor agencies, national and international non-governmental organizations.
  • Political astuteness, and ability to promote consensus, lead negotiations, network and build partnerships within the context of WHO’s global emergency response and other competing mandates.
  • Excellent skills in the assessment of emergency situations, and the formulation of comprehensive plans to address challenges/risks, using strong strategic thinking.
  • Skills to facilitate a policy process among diverse partners, including United Nations, non-governmental organizations, national health authorities, and donors.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
  • Desirable: Working knowledge of French and Arabic.

Other Skills (e.g., IT)

  • Proficiency in computers and office software packages, handling of web-based management systems, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and Cloud Management Enterprise System such as Workday.

WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 92,731 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 2983 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


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